Jamie Konarski Davidson is an award-winning freelance outdoor & nature photographer with a passion for capturing and sharing the intimate moments and beauty of the natural world on its own and as it blends with the “rest of the world.” Her images range from macro and abstracts to intimate, grand and rural landscapes in color and infrared. She connects with all things “old” and finds a special beauty in decay and fading cultural lifestyles that resonate a life of hard work. She focuses onthe intimate details that can only be seen when the hurried pace of life is slowed.
A diagnosis and recurrence of breast cancer in her early 30s gave Jamie the courage and incentive to purchase her first 35mm camera. The gift of life encouraged her to discover a passion for exploring the world around her through photography. In 1997 she experienced an epiphany in a field of wildflowers on the North Carolina coast. Upon entering this field with her camera, she carried a load of emotional burdens. Surrounded by explosions of color, shapes and patterns, she focused her attention on the intimate details revealed to her as she crawled around the poppies, oxeye daisies and cosmos. Soon, her shoulders dropped, her breathing slowed, and that all the “stuff” she carried into the field vanished. At that moment, she realized the healing powers of nature and the spiritual connection she felt as she photographed. At that moment, New Life Photos was born.
Jamie is an active member of NANPA (North American Nature Photography Association), serving as a Board member and the 2013 Summit Chair, and CNPA (Carolinas Nature Photographers Association. She teaches classes at ASAP Photo & Camera in Greenville, NC, and shares her love of nature through programs for camera clubs and organizations throughout the Southeast. Her work has been exhibited in the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science, North Carolina Museum of Life and Science and regional juried shows. Her images have appeared in Wildlife in North Carolina, Impressions magazine, North Carolina Literary Review, Tar River Poetry, and four editions of the Breast Cancer Resource Directory of North Carolina.
Jamie leads photo workshops throughout the Southeast. Her goals are to encourage and inspire and help people grow in their photography skills, more deeply connect with their subjects and see beyond the obvious so that they can discover their own visual voice.